The Salvation Army in South Florida is offering some extra holiday cash to people who can ring a bell and flash a smile.
The branches in Miami-Dade and Broward counties are hiring people to ring those ubiquitous bells and oversee the donations outside stores during the annual Red Kettle Campaign from November through Christmas Eve.
Candidates need to be able to stand outside up to 10 hours a day. And presumably have strong wrists.
The seasonal job pays $8.50 an hour.
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“The Red Kettle Campaign is an important fundraiser for the organization,” said Sally Gress, the director of development for the Salvation Army in Broward.
The well-known red kettles have been around since 1891.
Broward will hold two job fairs to attract applicants to fill the 50 positions to staff stations throughout the county. Anyone who attends the fairs will be given a quick interview and a test run.
“We are looking for someone with good people skills that will be able to smile and say thank you,” Gress said.
Broward’s goal is to raise $350,000 through the campaign to help fund homeless shelters, meals and a food pantry.
Miami-Dade’s director of development, Judith Mori, said the county’s four centers are each hiring about 15 bell ringers to help with the campaign. Mori said the money raised by each center will stay in that community.
But Mori said there is a “growing tendency to give digitally.”
“In the past five years, street donations have decreased consistently 10 to 7 percent from one year to the other while digital donations went up, also consistently, although more erratically,” she said.
While Broward also collects digitally, Gress said, “the red kettle outside of the store is an iconic thing.”
“We hope it is always there,” she said.
To become a bell ringer
To apply for a seasonal job position as a bell ringer, call one of the four Salvation Army offices: Hialeah, 305-557-0981; Citadel, 305-545-3764; Sunset, 305-270-9373 and Edison, 305-757-1509.
Applicants can attend a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, at The Salvation Army Fellowship Center, 100 SW Ninth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale or from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Plymouth Colony Center, 1950 Sherman St., in Hollywood. To apply without attending an event, applications are available at The Salvation Army of Broward County-Administration Building, 1445 West Broward Blvd., in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call 954-524 6991.